Okay, okay, not every Texas Tech team came away with victories but soccer and football sure set the tone for the week! Let’s dive in.
Last Thursday defense was the name of the game as Texas Tech traveled to Ft. Worth to take on Gary Patterson’s Frogs. In the first half, Texas Tech only managed to put up three points behind the quarterbacking of Jett Duffey. TJ Vasher, who returned from injury this game, played only a series or two before having to leave the game with another (probable back) injury. This put a lot of pressure on receivers like Wesley and High to come up big for the Red Raiders in the second half, but in the third quarter Duffey was able to find High up the seam for a 62 yard touchdown pass to boost Tech ahead of TCU 10-7. The Horned Frogs would answer in the fourth quarter with a pass from Shawn Robinson to KaVontae Turpin, making it 10-14. Duffey’s inconsistency (going 13-of-24 passing for 190 yards) would be easily remedied by his late game heroics in the form of a 38 yard quarterback draw for a touchdown. Tech would go up 17-14 and keep TCU off the board for the remainder of the seven minutes to seal the deal. The defensive performance by the Red Raiders has been widely accepted as the defining moment to prove that Kingsbury and Gibbs have built something sustainable in the 806. Up next, Texas Tech takes on Kansas this Saturday at home.
Volleyball fell for the first time at home this season dropping a hard-fought 0-3 (25-22, 25-22, 25-19) battle to Kansas Saturday afternoon at the United Supermarkets Arena. “The only positive right now is that we know we are going to get them again,” said coach Graystone. All three of the sets went down to the wire but the Jayhawk blocked the Red Raiders a total of 16 times, the most this season. The loss puts Texas Tech at 6-1 in home matches, and 15-6 on the year (Tech is also 5-5 when losing the first set this year). The Red Raiders will have Wednesday off before traveling to Ausing to take on the No. 4 Texas Longhorns on Saturday.
Tech soccer spent the weekend in Kansas and return to Lubbock with 2 wins under their belt. Friday held the match against Kansas State, which fell heavily in Tech’s favor late in the second half. Despite being deadlocked for 73 minutes, it took Kirsten Davis all of thirty seconds to make an impact after coming into the game by netting a goal for the Red Raiders. Then, not but two minutes later, Jade King sinks one from the top of the key after a corner attempt. 2-0 victory for the Red Raiders.
In the Sunday match up with Kansas, the story was a little more gritty. Both teams battled in a frigid rain, accompanied 20 mph winds, cause Coach Stone to admit ”these were easily the worst conditions I have experienced in my 12 seasons here. This was not a game for the faint of heart.” It certainly took everything the Red Raiders had to rally after Kansas took a 1-0 lead in the 52. With a minute and thirty seconds on the clock, Cassie Hiatt netted a goal that sent the game to overtime. Then in overtime the Red Raiders were able to come out with a victory after a deflected shot went into Kansas’ net for an own goal, 2-1 Tech. Texas Tech moves to 12-3-1, and 4-2-1 in the Big 12. Up next, the Red Raiders will take on the Horned Frogs in Ft. Worth on Friday at 7pm.